Magazine December 27, 2021, Issue

Infamy at Wannsee

The train tracks leading to Auschwitz, covered with personal effects of the victims, circa 1945 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Wannsee: The Road to the Final Solution, by Peter Longerich (Oxford University Press, 192 pp., $25.95)

The Wannsee Conference was held on the morning of January 20, 1942, in a villa on a grand estate in west Berlin. Reinhard Heydrich, second only to Heinrich Himmler in the hierarchy of the SS, organized the event with the express purpose of reaching what he called “the total solution of the Jewish question in Europe.” This was the formula for genocide. The 15 men present were representatives of Nazi institutions such as the Reich Chancellery, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry for the Occupied Territories, the Propaganda Ministry, and the Office of the Four-Year Plan. All of them were already

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